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Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has opened a new headquarters and research centre to support its existing Indian operations. Read more

SABIC has acquired a majority stake in Black Diamond Structures (BDS), a nanotechnology company established in 2014. Read more

Chemicals giant INEOS has selected Antwerp, Belgium as the location for its largest cracker investment in 20 years, describing the move as a 'game-changer' for the chemical sector. Read more

Sika has agreed to acquire Arcon Membrane Srl, a leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems in Romania. Read more

BASF is breaking new ground in plastic waste recycling with its ChemCycling project. Chemical recycling offers a method of reutilising plastic waste that is currently not recycled, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. Read more

Germany’s BASF has revised its forecast for 2018 profits downwards. It now expects earnings before interest and tax before special items (EBIT) to fall by 15–20% compared to last year’s €7.6 billion. Read more

Three major process technology and equipment specialists, Futerro, Sulzer and TechnipFMC, have formed the PLAnet™ initiative to promote the production of sustainable plastics made of Poly-Lactic Acid (PLA). Read more

Three years after its takeover, SikaAxson has begun a new chapter in its history. The Business Unit has been renamed Sika Advanced Resins, furthering integrating the company within the group structure. Read more

French energy group Total and its Dutch partner Corbion have commenced production at their new bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. Read more

EuroChem Group AG, a global fertiliser producer, and Belgium-based biotechnology company Aphea.Bio, have signed a research and development agreement. Read more

Neste, a producer of sustainable renewable diesel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, and Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, are teaming up to develop new sustainable material solutions for a range of indus Read more

The Sika Group has acquired the global Concrete Fibres business from Propex Holding, LLC, which includes a US plant manufacturing synthetic fibres for use in concrete reinforcement, sales operations in Sika's three geographical regions, and a strong Read more

BASF Venture Capital GmbH is investing in Prismlab, a specialist in 3D printing processes and 3D printers, headquartered in Shanghai, China. Read more

Chemicals manufacturer Christeyns, with its UK headquarters in Bradford, has acquired Derbyshire based Clover Chemicals, strengthening its position in the professional cleaning and hygiene sector. Read more

Workaround GmbH, ALBIS PLASTIC GmbH and BASF have been cooperating on the modification of an important component of the smart glove ProGlove, for improved workplace safety. Read more

EuroChem Group AG, a leading global fertiliser production company, has opened its new production plant for highly efficient, water-soluble fertilisers at its Lifosa subsidiary in Lithuania. Read more

LKAB Minerals has signed an agreement to acquire UK-based industrial mining company Francis Flower, subject to merger clearance. Read more

Furthering its commitment towards environment sustainability and energy efficiency, Uflex Chemicals has taken yet another significant step with the introduction of its new Ink series ‘FlexGreen’. Read more

The former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has announced its relaunch as Nouryon. This follows the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group and marks the company’s transition to becoming an independent, global specialty chemicals leader. Read more

Leading Nordic paint company Tikkurila has introduced a new durable coating system to protect metals in the most extreme environments. Read more

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